Running for Mental Health

Running for Mental Health

Published: 17th May 2018

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, we’ve teamed up with our running team who have been training hard for this year’s Great Manchester Run (10K) which takes place this Sunday to raise money for our chosen charity Rochdale & District Mind.

This will be the fourth year that the College has entered a team into the run and it really is open to everyone to join.  Here we catch up with a student who is much more comfortable on the football pitch than the running track and our Student Engagement and Involvement Co-ordinator who is hoping to beat his personal best time as well as some of his fellow colleagues.


Meet Saul

Meet year 13 student Saul who tells us how running has been a welcome break from the pressures of revision and helped with his productivity in the classroom. Saul is a keen footballer and most recently celebrated the college team’s win of the cup final last week. When Saul isn’t studying and playing football he has been training for the run in the gym and taking part in outdoor training. The 10k run on Sunday will be Saul’s first charity run and he’s relishing in the challenge ahead.

Saul is studying Biology, PE and Psychology A-Levels and for the past three weeks has been running at least three times a week in preparation.

Saul’s tip: “Pace yourself and build up your distance over time.  Set your own speed and make sure you give yourself enough time to reach your end goal. I started with 5K runs and gradually built it up until I reached 10k.”

Saul is not focusing on the time it takes to run the 10K but is determined to not stop and run the whole distance.


Meet Jack

Meet Jack Lyons, Student Engagement and Involvement Coordinator and running enthusiast. Jack is no stranger to the running routes in and around Rochdale and also leads a running club in Ripponden every Tuesday evening. Jack has really enjoyed training for the Great Manchester Run and has been completing three runs a week.

Jack is such a keen runner that as well as competing in the Manchester 10K on Sunday, he’ll be taking part in the Sowerby Bridge 10K the day before. Jack jokingly implied that this extra race will give him the impetus he needs to pip his colleague Nathan Camps to the finishing line so we’ll look forward to hearing how he gets on.


Studies suggest that running, as well as helping with your overall fitness, can boost your mental health, improve your learning abilities, sharpen your memory, alleviate anxiety, boost self esteem and help you sleep better. We wish Saul and Jack and the rest of the team all the best for Sunday and if anyone would like to sponsor and support them please go to